Frequently Asked Questions
What is a meltdown?
I am defining meltdown as dysregulation that happens when the individual is not coping. These behaviours could be anything from completely shutting down for a time, shouting or screaming, running away, to becoming physical towards themselves or others.
Why do you use comic art for your work?
Comic art is visual and accessible. I feel through drawing I can express to others what sensory overload and meltdowns can feel like. I want others to feel less isolated and alone when experiencing meltdowns and shutdowns. My work is inspired by personal experience that people may connect with and feel less alienated and alone.
I need help, what can I do?
First, know that you are not alone. Coping with meltdowns and shutdowns can bring indescribable challenges, and your courage and strength will get you through. For the UK area, the National Autistic Society, Mind and AnxietyUK have useful information about where to get further support when living with challenges such as anxiety, shutdowns and meltdowns. Using a search engine if outside of the UK will bring up a list of local and national charities near you. You can also contact your doctor/ GP or other health professional, who can help locate local support pathways.
Is it just those with Autism who can experience meltdowns and shutdowns?
Meltdowns and shutdowns can occur without an Autism diagnosis, and can also happen in those with Anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Dementia and more...
What is Sensory Accessibility?
Some people have their senses 'turned up' and this can lead to meltdown, sensory overload, pain, anxiety, which can then lead to isolation and exclusion from cultural spaces like museums and cinemas. This could be described as having 'Sensory Processing Challenges'.
IMPORTANT: I am a qualified teacher with an Autism Spectrum Condition, I am not a trained medical professional, and the information here is not designed to replace medical advice.
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